A 30-year-old pastor from St. Louis, Missouri, who allegedly stole more than $21,000 to pay off his 20-year-old mistress he met online, was charged with one count of felony stealing, leaving his neighbors in shock, and his church and family stunned.
Police say Ralph 'Drew' Sawyer, who served as pastor of the Lindsay Lane Missionary Baptist Church in Florissant, used the church's ATM card at a Florissant bank to withdraw thousands of dollars from the church's savings account to pay his unidentified mistress to keep quiet about their affair.
An investigation revealed that Sawyer made 35 withdrawals from the account in June and July, totaling $21,727.50, according to 13 News Now. It was the church's treasurer who first noticed the missing funds and launched an investigation, according to charging documents. more >>
Reacting to the mass shooting last week at Umpqua Community College in Oregon that left 10 people dead, including the shooter, who reportedly targeted Christians, Republican Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey warned on Friday that Christians who are "serious about their faith" should consider arming themselves with guns.
"The recent spike in mass shootings across the nation is truly troubling. Whether the perpetrators are motivated by aggressive secularism, jihadist extremism or racial supremacy, their targets remain the same: Christians and defenders of the West," wrote Ramsey in a statement on his Facebook page last Friday accompanied by a link to the state's Department of Safety & Homeland Security's guide on handgun carry permits.
"While this is not the time for widespread panic, it is a time to prepare. I would encourage my fellow Christians who are serious about their faith to think about getting a handgun carry permit. I have always believed that it is better to have a gun and not need it than to need a gun and not have it. Our enemies are armed. We must do likewise," he wrote. more >>
Pop star Rihanna has opened up about dating and relationships and said that while it's become socially acceptable for men to be unchivalrous, she refuses to settle for less when it comes to finding her ideal mate.
The "Diamonds" singer shared her thoughts on dating in today's culture and said increasingly, men are rejecting traditional norms out of fear that they'll somehow appear weak. She added that while some women are happy "settling," she would rather wait for someone who meets her standards.
"You want them [men] to feel good being a man, but now men are afraid to be men," Rihanna said in Vanity Fair's November issue. "They think being a real man is actually being a [expletive], that if you take a chair out for a lady, or you're nice or even affectionate to your girl in front of your boys, you're less of a man." more >>
GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson claimed on Tuesday that if he had been at the scene of the Oregon shooting massacre last week, he would have organized the other students to attack the shooter and take him down.
"I would not just stand there and let him shoot me," Carson said on "Fox & Friends."
"I would say, 'Hey, guys, everybody attack him. He may shoot me, but he can't get us all.'" more >>
The Umpqua Community College shooting in Oregon in which the gunman was said to have targeted Christians, based on some eyewitnesses' accounts, was not just a "violent crime," according to televangelist Pat Robertson. He believes the deadly assault had a spiritual influence, and the gunman's own alleged manifesto would seem to support such an assertion.
"I just say that — our heart goes out to those people when you think of the bravery, but that man was a satanist," Robertson said Tuesday. "He was a satanist. He wanted to be a prince in Lucifer's army. He made it clear. So we weren't dealing with some 'gun violence.' What we're dealing with is satanic violence against people of faith."
"And it shames us all. To think many times that you are in a crowd and they say, 'Do you know the Lord?' [and you say], 'Well, I'm not sure,' [that kind of thing]. 'Do you want to carry your Bible?' [And you say] 'Well, not really, I don't want to be embarrassed.' And those people were willing to stand up and take a bullet, be shot dead because of the name of Jesus. It humbles us all," Robertson added. more >>
An 11-year-old boy in Tennessee shot dead his eight-year-old neighbor after she refused to show him her puppy.
McKayla Dyer, 8, was playing outside their home in Tennessee, U.S. on Saturday evening when their 11-year-old neighbor came and asked to see the little dog. Latasha Dyer said her daughter said no to the boy and was later on fatally shot in her chest, according to Times Live (TL).
In an interview with WATE 6, Dyer said the boy had been bullying her daughter from the time they first came to White Pine. She said the boy always made fun of McKayla and called her names. He stopped being mean one time when she told the school principal about it. But his next move came as a shocker to everyone, the report details. more >>